Originally Posted by kj2112
The only way was to have it on 4.4 before taking ota. I guess root survived with write protection enabled tho.
But already being on 4.4.2.....can't root now.
If you were on 4.4, you could root and disable write protection. When you took the 4.4.2 OTA, write protection became re-enabled, but you kept root. Of course this meant any changes/installs/etc made to /system and the like since taking 4.4.2 would be lost at power off/on.
Once 4.4.2 is on your phone, you can't root, and you can't disable write protection, unless you have a developer edition, or a carrier edition like Sprint, T-Mobile, etc that Moto gives out the bootloader unlock codes on their web site for. Once you unlock the bootloader you can root and write protection is disabled, and this can be done no matter what rom is on the phone.
The bounty to unlock the bootloader for VZW/ATT (who can't get codes from moto's web site), has continued to grow. No one has found a way. Same with some older Moto's too. Same with the updated GS4 and GS5, and so on.... So the chances of seeing a bootloader unlock hack are fading. Root exploits seem to get patched with each new ROM update (to root 4.4, you had to downgrade and root 4.2.2), so that is getting harder.
To be realistic, the only way to ensure you can have root and write protection disabled is to buy a Developer Edition, or from a carrier that allows you to unlock the bootloader. Yup it can cost more, and you can't customize its look, but its a small trade off if you *NEED* working root no matter what rom comes on your phone. Its a trade off I had to make, but it was easier when I did it as I was paying full price (to keep my unlimited data), and the Dev Edition was the only 32gig option for Verizon at the time.
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Originally Posted by terrorist96
This is kinda weird. I was talking to Motorola via the help app and the representative was adamant in telling me that I am able to unlock my bootloader on the Verizon version. I even said that xda developers say it cannot be unlocked but he told me it was possible and to try it. He linked me here:
Has anyone tried this?
has said, unless Moto has reversed their course of action, Verizon and ATT non-developer phones can not receive an unlock code via Moto's web site.
That is why there was such a big "to do" about the Chinese site that was selling codes not too long ago. (which has been shut down).
Once you try it. Please let us know. There are MANY who would be very happy if Moto has changed things!!